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FRY OUT IN SEMI FINALS
Championship Points Race Stays Tight

 

 

Bowling Green, Kentucky - June 18, 2017:

Headlining the 15th Annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion was a stellar Top Fuel field featuring the quickest and fastest fuelers in the world. At the end of the day, Jim Murphy grabbed a long anticipated NHRA Heritage Series Top Fuel event win at the with a 5.71 ET at 257 MPH over opponent Jim Young who posted 5.92 ET at 253 MPH.

Murphy drove the Roland Leong-tuned WW2 front engine Top Fuel dragster with remarkably consistent power and speed throughout the 8-car Eliminations battle, posting a 5.72 ET at 245 MPH Round One win over Julius Hughes in his Atlanta Speed Shop fueler and a 5.73 ET at 240 MPH Semi-Final clincher over March Meet winner Mendy Fry, who footed the High Speed Motorsports dragster to a 5.81 ET at 260.21 MPH against Murphy in a tight race that had the capacity crowd going wild.

Although they failed to capture a record extending 8th NHRR win, team owner Tom Shelar feels positive that they can regain the points lead with three races to go in the season. "We have a great car, great driver and steady crew. There's no reason we can't repeat our March Meet win at Boise in August."

*There are A LOT of photos in this coverage because the team really deserves the recognition.

So fans, on behalf of High Speed Motosports, we hope you enjoy this in-depth coverage.

 

 

THURSDAY

 

If you've ever been to a NHRR at Bowling Green you know the odds are very high that you'll see some rain during the weekend. This year it all hit on Thursday postponing any track time to late afternoon.

 

That left the whole day to tinker, double check and visit.

 

 

 

Driver Mendy Fry gettomg the fuel ready.

 

 

 

 

 

Stevens and old friend Frank Hedge just hangin out.

 

Commentator Whit Bazemore interviewing Shelar and Fry for a new episode for AAFD titled "Dragstrip Rumble In Bowling Green".

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY - QUALIFYING SESSION ONE

 

The first session of Top Fuel qualifying went off after 9 pm. The fourth pair featured the winner and runner-up of the 2017 March Meet. Mendy Fry in the potent High Speed Motorsports fueler and Jim Murphy in his WW2 Racing entry. SoCal vs NorCal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walt Stevens did his backup duty getting Fry exactly where Shelar wanted her.

 

 

Final adjustments before Fry is brought to the line by Sean Bellemeur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murphy went to the #2 spot with a slowing 6.013 at 192.58 while Fry shut off early as well carding a 7.018 at 158.02.

 

 

 

 

Getting ready for the second session Friday.

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY - QUALIFYING SESSION TWO

 

Friday proved to be rain free but hot and humid. Fry drew a single. Walt walks to his station for the burnout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The car left hard giving Fry nice early numbers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a nice 5.697 Fry leaped into the #2 spot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following the car being serviced, the engine was warmed up for session three.

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY - QUALIFYING SESSION THREE

 

Trying to keep Mendy cool in the staging lanes.

 

 

Tom Shelar inspecting the lane they will be running in.

 

 

 

The second pair out for the last session was Tim Cullinan and Mendy Fry. Fry was solidly n the show but Cullinan was not.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fry's 6.207 at 155.33 was a far cry from her Q2 5.697 which was good for #3, Cullinan's 6.35 @ 177.81 left him on the outside looking in.

 

 

 

 

FINAL QUALIFYING FOR NOSTALGIA TOP FUEL

1) James Young, Salem, Wis., '07 FED, 5.618 seconds, 260.36 mph
2) Jim Murphy, Santa Rosa, Calif., '13 Neil & Parks, 5.692, 239.61
3) Mendy Fry, Los Angeles, Calif., '16 Hadman, 5.697, 244.65
4) Tony Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., '16 Mckinney, 5.727, 243.68
5) Adam Sorokin, Glendale, Calif., '04 Sterling, 5.881, 185.21
6) Dusty Green, Pleasant Hill, Calif., '06 Neil & Parks, 5.911, 245.45
7) David Miller, Cedar Hill, Mo., '05 Neil & Parks, 6.040, 192.63
8) Tyler Hilton, Sharonville, Ohio, '12 Horton, 6.109, 235.93
9) Jason Greenwood, Racine, Wis., '10 Stirling, 6.238, 241.80
10) Julius Hughes, Gainesville, Ga., '11 Horton, 6.281, 241.20

 

 

Page Two - Saturday Eliminations

 

 

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